Stock Photo: This knight is depicted in his ceremonial robes, with Cistercian scarlet cross on the breast of his cloak.. . The Order of Alcantara was a Spanish military order established in 1176. Originally known as the Knights of St. Julian de Pereiro, after a hermit of the country of Salamanca, they are first acknowledged as a military order by a privilege of Pope Celestine III in 1197. . . They accepted the Cistercian rule and costume, a white mantle with the scarlet overcross. The Knights of Alcántara, u